The cross-subsidy of research by teaching is a myth

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on December 15th, 2017 by steve

“Research is loss-making. This is perhaps the most frequently uttered mantra of modern university life in the UK. Vice-chancellors on headline-grabbing salaries, who claim to run today’s universities with the same precision chief executives employ to run multinational businesses, tell us that the only way that their institutions can afford to carry out their most unique activity – research – is to subsidise it via teaching and other income streams …” (more)

[Peter Coveney and Christopher Greenwell, Times Higher Education, 14 December]

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€26m funding announced for research, development and innovation

Posted in Research on December 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Government has announced €26 million in additional funding for research, development and innovation this year. €12 million will be used to meet commitments under Cycle 5 of the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions. A further €10.6 million will go to Science Foundation Ireland to support its Research Infrastructure programme activity …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 7 December]

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Will the UK get a Brexit deal on research? That’s the €160bn question

Posted in Research on December 5th, 2017 by steve

“The government isn’t committing to a Brexit deal for universities, but we need a new partnership in science and innovation between the EU and the UK – and we need it urgently. The stakes are high: the continued ability of British universities to produce high quality research, and of the UK to retain its status as a leading knowledge economy, depend upon it …” (more)

[Ludovic Highman, Guardian, 5 December]

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Research Funding: PRTLI

Posted in Research on November 25th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJames Lawless (Kildare North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation when the next round of PRTLI funding will occur; if the PRTLI funding programme is not confirmed her plans to provide a successor programme of this type of essential funding for third level institutions; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 November]

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Research and Development Funding

Posted in Research on November 10th, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the funding spent on the programme for research in third level institutions in each of the years 2002 to 2016 and to date in 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 November]

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Athena SWAN funding link under scrutiny in discrimination row

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues, Research on October 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Four female academics embroiled in a gender discrimination dispute are reportedly under increasing pressure to accept a settlement from their university in a case that has sparked debate about the merits of linking the Athena SWAN equality charter to research funding. The long-running dispute at the National University of Ireland, Galway has come to a head …” (more)

[Ellie Bothwell, Times Higher Education, 12 October]

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The Right Way to Argue for Basic Research

Posted in Research on October 12th, 2017 by steve

“The week before last, you may recall, I took issue with the way the country’s illustrious top university presidents (Gerforno, for short) were trying to sell higher education.  Effectively, what they were doing was selling higher education’s research mission by claiming ‘look, basic research creates jobs’ on the basis of a few anecdotes …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 12 October]

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Irish Research Council welcomes long-term commitment to supporting blue sky research

Posted in Research on October 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Research Council has welcomed a long-term commitment from Government to supporting research across all disciplines and career stages in today’s Budget announcement. The Government have announced a capital allocation of €21m over the period 2018-2021 to support the development of a pipeline of researchers at all career stages and disciplines …” (more)

[Irish Research Council, 10 October]

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Belfast uni considers cross-border professorships to keep EU cash

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on October 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A top UK university is considering creating joint academic posts with institutions in the Irish Republic to ensure it still benefits from post-Brexit European research funding. Queen’s in Belfast, a member of the Russell Group of leading research-driven universities, is exploring the potential of establishing shared professorships with colleges in Dublin and elsewhere south of the Irish border …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 10 October]

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Men get most of the research funding – it’s a serious problem for women and science

Posted in Research on October 10th, 2017 by steve

“In UK universities there are far fewer women in senior posts than men – particularly at professor level. Putting aside teaching, to reach this status, an academic typically needs to have completed a considerable amount of research. Research takes time, and if people want to succeed in academia, they have to apply for funding. This is where one key difference lies …” (more)

[Michael Head, The Conversation, 10 October]

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Research Funding Data

Posted in Research on September 21st, 2017 by steve

IrelandJames Lawless (Kildare North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of SMEs that have undertaken applied research in conjunction with a funded agency or institution under the aegis of her Department in each of the past ten years, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 September]

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Higher Education Institutions: Research Infrastructure

Posted in Research on September 21st, 2017 by steve

IrelandJames Lawless (Kildare North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has requested an analysis of the status of research infrastructure within higher education institutes, HEIs; his plans for reviewing and funding strategic development plans in the HEIs; if he has carried out an analysis of the impact on HEIs of the potential withdrawal of UK HEIs from EU funding programmes; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dail written answers, 20 September]

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Funding undergraduate education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – On September 7th, two events occurred in Dublin, barely a kilometre apart, that demonstrate the policy inconsistency that besets Irish higher education. At the Royal Irish Academy, Maynooth University convened a seminar on the funding of undergraduate education, with a focus on income-contingent loans …” (more)

[Tom Boland, Irish Times, 11 September]

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High Level Group says EU must double research budget

Posted in Research on July 5th, 2017 by steve

“A group of experts selected by the European Commission to recommend what changes to make to the current European Union research programme Horizon 2020 when it ends in three years’ time, has called for a doubling of the budget and for it to pay more attention to the gap between science and innovation …” (more)

[Jan Myklebust and Brendan O’Malley, University World News, 5 July]

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Brussels drive to ‘punish’ UK could end membership of EU research

Posted in Research on June 6th, 2017 by steve

“UK universities’ chances of staying in European Union research programmes will come down to whether senior figures in Brussels seek to ‘punish’ Britain in the Brexit negotiations, according to a German MEP …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 5 June]

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No one told me about the hidden costs of maternity leave

Posted in Research on May 5th, 2017 by steve

“Research needs funding to keep it running even when we’re on leave. So although I have a job to go back to, there may be no money to do it …” (more)

[Guardian, 5 May]

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Third Level Funding: Research and Development

Posted in Research on April 13th, 2017 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the allocation to third level research and development over each of the past ten years; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 April]

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Trinity’s Total Research Budget Increases, with 68% of Budget from State Funding

Posted in Research on March 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s research accounts for last year show that 68% of research income came from state funding, accounting for nearly €68 million, while Trinity’s four research institutes made up 14.7% of the total research income …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 17 March]

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Funding research vital to society

Posted in Research on March 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The importance of funding ‘basic research’ for the future wellbeing of Irish society and our economy is clearly articulated by John FitzGerald (‘Research to shape public policy is hard to measure – and fund’, Business Opinion, March 3rd), although he could have added that the Irish Research Council funds basic research across all disciplines …” (more)

[Jane Ohlmeyer, Irish Times, 7 March]

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Slashing of 3rd Level research funding risking Ireland’s future economic prosperity

Posted in Research on February 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Innovation, and Enterprise, Niall Collins has said that the future health of the Irish economy is being put at risk by the failure of Minister Mitchell O’Connor to adequately fund 3rd level research …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 26 February]

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